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Creationism in Public Schools: Current Issues and Solutions

Featuring: 
Steven Newton
Steve Newton

Time: 
6:30pm
Date: 
February 5, 2012
Location: 
Oakmont Sunday Symposium
7902 Oakmont Drive
Santa Rosa, California


Steven Newton, a programs and policy director at the National Center for Science Education, explores the evolution of American creationism and how anti-evolution activities have changed from the Scopes era to the present. Newton will explain creationism's many faces, from dinosaurs-lived-with-humans young earthers to 'intelligent design' advocates to legislators promoting 'academic freedom' legislation. Newton's talk will examine why teaching evolution--and science in general--is so important, and suggest ways for the pro-science community to counter creationist assaults on science education.


For more information: 
Contact: Steve Newton at newton@ncse.com

Creationism, Evolution, Education -- and Politics

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
11:30pm
Date: 
January 27, 2012
Location: 
ten Hoor Hall
Room 22
University Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Many topics in the curriculum of American schools are controversial, but perhaps the one with the longest tenure is evolution. Politics plays a role in this controversy in a number of ways. Politicians have University of Alabama logokeen antennae for cultural values, and the "fairness" argument (i.e., it is only "fair" to "balance" evolution with creationism) regularly is exploited, regardless of the appropriateness of its application to science education. Variants of the fairness argument such as balancing evolution with "scientific alternatives to evolution" or balancing evolution with "strengths and weaknesses of evolution" have in fact become the current predominant antievolutionist strategy, partly in response to a series of legal decisions that have excluded the advocacy of creationism in public schools.

A presentation for the
Anthropology Department
University of Alabama

For more information: 
Visit the University of Alabama Anthropology Department website

Screening of "No Dinosaurs in Heaven"

Featuring: 
Eugenie Scott and Greta Schiller
Eugenie Scott and Greta Schiller
Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
January 26, 2012
Location: 
Room 127
The Biology Building
Hackberry Lane
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Dr. Eugenie Scott and Emmy Award-winning director Greta Schiller will host a question and answer session following the film.

"No Dinosaurs in Heaven" is a film essay that examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific literacy. University of Alabama - Allele LecturesThe documentary weaves together two strands: an examination of the problem posed by creationists who earn science education degrees only to advocate anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom; and a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr. Eugenie Scott, that debunks creationist explanations for its formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the "debate," manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution.

This is a free event.
Sponsored by
ALLELE
AL
abama LEctures on Life's Evolution


For more information: 

Screening of "No Dinosaurs in Heaven"

Eugenie Scott and Greta Schiller
Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
January 26, 2012
Location: 
Room 127
The Biology Building
Hackberry Lane
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Dr. Eugenie Scott and Emmy Award-winning director Greta Schiller will host a question and answer session following the film.

"No Dinosaurs in Heaven" is a film essay that examines the hijacking of science education by religious fundamentalists, threatening the separation of church and state and dangerously undermining scientific literacy. University of Alabama - Allele LecturesThe documentary weaves together two strands: an examination of the problem posed by creationists who earn science education degrees only to advocate anti-scientific beliefs in the classroom; and a visually stunning raft trip down the Grand Canyon, led by Dr. Eugenie Scott, that debunks creationist explanations for its formation. These two strands expose the fallacies in the "debate," manufactured by anti-science forces, that creationism is a valid scientific alternative to evolution.

This is a free event.
Sponsored by
ALLELE
AL
abama LEctures on Life's Evolution


For more information: 

What Darwin Said (and didn’t say): Evolution, “intelligent design,” and education

Featuring: 
Kevin Padian, Ph.D.
Kevin Padian
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
January 25, 2012
Location: 
Masonic Center
9 Altarinda Road
Orinda, California



Presented by the
Northern California Geological Society

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Seminaries and Science: From Principles to Practice

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter M.J. Hess
Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
November 19, 2011
Location: 
American Academy of Religion & Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
Moscone Center
San Francisco, California


A lively exploration of the role of science in theological education as we seek to inform tomorrow's clergy. Presentations by top scientists will be followed by small and large group discussions about moving forward with this endeavor. Emphasis will be on practical solutions with special attention to core courses.

Science presentations by:

  • Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA
  • Dr. James R. Doty, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Discussion leaders:

  • Dr. Peter M. J. Hess, Director of Outreach to Religious Communities, National Center for Science Education, Oakland, California
  • Dr. Deborah Gil, Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

The AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics & Religion
is partnering with
The American Theological Society
to host this additional meeting of the
American Academy of Religion
&
Society of Biblical Literature
Annual Meeting

For more information: 

Seminaries and Science: From Principles to Practice

Time: 
10:00am
Date: 
November 19, 2011
Location: 
American Academy of Religion & Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
Moscone Center
San Francisco, California


A lively exploration of the role of science in theological education as we seek to inform tomorrow's clergy. Presentations by top scientists will be followed by small and large group discussions about moving forward with this endeavor. Emphasis will be on practical solutions with special attention to core courses.

Science presentations by:

  • Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA
  • Dr. James R. Doty, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University

Discussion leaders:

  • Dr. Peter M. J. Hess, Director of Outreach to Religious Communities, National Center for Science Education, Oakland, California
  • Dr. Deborah Gil, Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Dr. Leonard Hummel, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg

The AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics & Religion
is partnering with
The American Theological Society
to host this additional meeting of the
American Academy of Religion
&
Society of Biblical Literature
Annual Meeting

For more information: 

Creationism and Evolution: News from the Front

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
12:15am
Date: 
October 28, 2011
Location: 
To Be Announced
New Orleans, Louisiana



The creationism and evolution controversy continues almost unabated by the legal setbacks suffered both by the creation science and intelligent design movements. Although legal decisions have prevented de jure CSI Logoteaching of creationism, de facto teaching of creationism continues as teachers are reluctant to teach evolution without “balance”, and because recent creationist strategies attempting to avoid Establishment Clause constraints have not yet been tested in the courts.

This is a talk and a panel discussion at
CSICON
a conference sponsored by the
Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

For more information: 
Contact: Barry Karr at skeptinq@aol.com

Creationism and Evolution: News from the Front

Time: 
4:15pm to 5:45pm
Date: 
October 28, 2011
Location: 
To Be Announced
New Orleans, Louisiana



The creationism and evolution controversy continues almost unabated by the legal setbacks suffered both by the creation science and intelligent design movements. Although legal decisions have prevented de jure CSI Logoteaching of creationism, de facto teaching of creationism continues as teachers are reluctant to teach evolution without “balance”, and because recent creationist strategies attempting to avoid Establishment Clause constraints have not yet been tested in the courts.

This is a talk and a panel discussion at
CSICON
a conference sponsored by the
Committee for Skeptical Inquiry

For more information: 
Contact: Barry Karr at skeptinq@aol.com

Evolution in the Classroom: No Dinosaurs in Heaven

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D., Greta Schiller, Yael Wyner, Ph.D.
Eugenie Scott, Greta Miller, Yael Wyner
Time: 
3:00am
Refreshments with the panel and a DVD signing from 6:00pm – 7:00pm.
Date: 
October 25, 2011
Location: 
New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY

According to a recent study, a majority of US biology teachers are reluctant to endorse evolution in their class and most have developed specific strategies to avoid New York Academy of Sciences logorunning afoul of the controversy. Thirteen percent "explicitly advocate creationism or intelligent design by spending at least one hour of class time presenting it in a positive light" and only 28 percent teach evolution as recommended in the National Science Education Standards.

In the 2011 film, No Dinosaurs in Heaven, director and educator Greta Schiller weaves together the story of a science education professor who refuses to teach evolution with a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon that debunks major tenets of creation science.

Join us for a screening of No Dinosaurs in Heaven and an enlightening panel on the state of evolution in the science classroom with a panel of experts in the field including Eugenie Scott, PhD, Executive Director for the National Center for Science Education, Director Greta Schiller, and Science Education Professor Yael Wyner.


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